Australian drivers Jack Le Brocq and Brendan Reeves have been selected to participate in the 2012 FIA Institute Young Driver Academy.
Following four days of intense testing on and off the track, 18 drivers from all over the world were chosen for the Academy – remarkably, two Australians were among them.
Reeves has been competing in the World Rally Championship Academy in 2011, and Le Brocq finished second in this year’s Australian Formula Ford Championship.
They will now be coached 'in the car' by former Formula One race driver Alex Wurz and his team from Test and Training International, and 'out of the car' by former World Rally Champion co-driver Robert Reid and his team from Elite Sports Performance.
Impressively, Le Brocq finished at the top of the 30 aspiring drivers for overall fitness.
Over the next year the 18 successful drivers will attend a series of workshops covering all aspects of driver performance and safety.
The driving elements of the course include the development of technical skills, safety training, attitudes and awareness.
The human performance aspect will feature physiology, psychology, nutrition, media skills and career management.
The primary goals of the Academy are to prepare young drivers to compete at the pinnacle of the sport, to increase skills in the area of driver and road safety, and to actively promote the principles of safety, fairness and responsibility both on and off the track.
Andrew Papadopoulos, President, Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS), believes that having two Australians selected for the Academy represents somewhat of a coup.
“It really is an indication of the strength of Australian motor sport on the global stage at the moment,” said Mr Papadopoulos.
“You’ve only got to look at the likes of Webber, Power, Briscoe, Ambrose, and our latest young star Daniel Ricciardo, to see the impact that Australians are making.”
“Brendan and Jack have done a wonderful job as ambassadors for Australian motor sport in passing through the Academy testing phase with flying colours.”
“We’re very confident that they will continue to represent us with distinction, not only throughout 2012 as members of the Academy, but also in their future careers.”
“CAMS would like to wish them the absolute best of luck for 2012!”
The first Academy workshop for the new recruits will take place on 10-14 December 2011 in Edinburgh, Scotland.